Confusing, Old 422 West Ramp Entrance Being Removed

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Old habits die hard, Lower Pottsgrove Township Manager Ed Wagner figures.

Drivers for years have been accustomed to turning left at a mid-point of Evergreen Road, not far from the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, to reach the westbound entrance ramp for U.S. Route 422 at its Sanatoga interchange. It’s a location where plenty of accidents have occurred during the past decade, usually involving oncoming traffic headed south on Evergreen toward the shopping area.

It’s also a turn that’s no longer necessary, thanks to construction of a $1.54 million ramp that curves to the right from Evergreen down to 422 West, just past the old ramp. The ramp, sought by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, was jointly constructed by Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships.

However, drivers who visit the outlets only occasionally aren’t yet familiar with the new ramp, which opened slightly more than a month ago. “Some people are still confused,” Wagner explained with a slight smile Thursday (Dec. 16, 2021) to the township Board of Commissioners.

In fact, he added, some drivers have been seen continuing on Evergreen to its intersection with Rupert and Old Township Line roads, then making a U-turn at the traffic light to return to the old ramp with which they’re familiar.

The new ramp itself is a “great improvement” that’s “much better” to use, Wagner acknowledged, and the old ramp problem is being addressed, he added.

Now Confusing, Old 422 West Ramp Being Removed

A low barrier has already been installed between lanes on Evergreen to make passage across them difficult, if not impossible. Signs clearly direct westbound 422 travelers to the new ramp’s entrance. On Monday (Dec. 20, 2021), construction crews were at work tearing up concrete and asphalt to remove the old ramp entrance (at top and above).

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